Spring break is a time when schoolchildren walk not only along the street, but also in shopping centers (and go down the subway to get to these centers). And there, and there, children are waiting for a dangerous device - an escalator.

Why are escalators dangerous? 4 Rules All Parents Should Know

We use the escalator so often that we forget that if the safety rules are not followed, this is a dangerous device that annually leads to a large number of injuries to adults and children. 

What is the case that happened in Moscow: an 11-year-old boy on an escalator had his head between the railing and a hinged structure on the wall. The child was in intensive care.


To prevent this from happening to your child, read these rules. This is a memo for parents of children of different ages: from babies who are still in a stroller to schoolchildren. Read it for yourself and be sure to tell your child if you are already letting him go alone on the subway or to the mall. 

If the child is still sitting or lying in the stroller

You have probably noticed that in some shopping centers escalators are equipped with special transparent restraints that do not allow you to carry a stroller on it . And this is no accident, because there were many cases when mothers and fathers did not follow safety precautions that did not allow a child to be in a stroller on a moving escalator (according to the rules, the baby must be picked up) - and this ended in injuries to the child. 

Because the escalator is a mechanical device that can stop or twitch at any moment, causing the stroller to roll over.
Being in a shopping center with a stroller, it is better, of course, to use the elevator. But what about the subway, where there is no elevator?  If you live in Moscow, you need to resort to the help of special employees from the TsOMP (Passenger Mobility Center). To do this, leave a request for support - by phone, using a mobile application, online, via SMS or via a chat bot. At the right time and at the right station, the metro staff will help you. In St. Petersburg, by the way, there is also such a service.

If the child is 2 to 3 years old

A 2–3-year-old child is no longer sitting in a stroller, but at the same time it is still too small for him to be able to explain something to him and he understood it. Parents need to carry such children on the escalator, standing in the direction of travel and holding the child in front of them - that is, away from moving parts.

This rule is practically written in blood.
A couple of years ago in Moscow there was a case when in a shopping center a kid put his fingers under the handrail and, one might say, “chewed” them - the child had to undergo an operation. His mother contacted me, told me about the situation and asked through our project to warn other parents so that this does not happen to their children.

If the child is 3 to 5 years old

Explain to the child that when moving on the escalator, he needs to hold on to the handrail, but do not clasp it - fingers pressed against each other should lie on the moving tape. It is also important to discuss the very crucial moment of the descent from the escalator. You need to do this quickly and confidently, placing your foot on a fixed metal plate at the top or bottom of the escalator. And be sure to focus on the fact that after that you can’t linger, so as not to interfere with people behind you.

If the child is over 5 years old

This rule is important to know for parents of children of preschool and school age who can already move on the escalator on their own.

The child needs to be explained that the escalator is not a place to play.
While on it, you can not walk, run, sit on the steps and lean over the railing, lean against the sides of the escalator . You should not take both handrails at the same time, as this may prevent another person from passing (although, as we already know, walking on the escalator is not allowed). It is also not necessary to stand close to other people  - let there be at least one step between you.

You need to be especially careful when driving on an escalator in clothes with long floors and sleeves, as well as with loose laces.